Portuguese Wine

 

Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some outstanding examples of still wines, mostly from the north of the country where conditions are not as hot. The appellations are classified as D.O.C., Denominacao de Origem Controlada. 
 
Many factors contributed to what has become the modern Portuguese winemaking industry, such as the boom in Port shipping, the effects of the 19th century Phylloxera and oidium crisis and subsequent vine replantings and the rise of estates (quintas), not to mention joining the European Union in 1986.
 
The main still wine producing regions are the Douro, Dao, Bairrada, Vinho Verde, Terras do Sado and Alentejo. Much of the wine is produced with indigenous grape varietials, often with many in the blend, that give it distinct and delicious character. These include for whites: Loureiro, Arinto, Malvasia Fina and Alvarinho. For reds: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Aragones), Baga, Castelao and Trincadeira Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Portugal View all

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Periquita

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

Subregions of Portugal

  • Alentejo

      This region lies in southern Portugal, known mostly for its extracted, rich wines. The cli...

  • Douro

    This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go ...

  • Madeira

    Madeira is named after the island in Portugal where this unique wine is produced. It was discov...

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Açores

  • Alenquer

Popular Wineries in Portugal View all

  • Quinta da Alorna

    Quinta da Alorna is one of Ribatejos top producers of wine. The property is located in the outski...

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

    Founded in 1955, the Adega Coop. de Borba, was the first of a series of Cooperatives settled in t...

  • Ferreira

    Ferreira is one of the top Port producers, based in the Douro region of Portugal. The Ferreira ...

  • Caves São João

    Allying family tradition and a history throughout generations to the most modern methods in produ...

  • Casa Santos Lima

    Casa Santos Lima is situated in Alenquer, approximately 45 kms north of Lisbon, in a very traditi...

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

    Companhia Agrícola do Sanguinhal’s head-offices are located in the municipality of Bombarral with...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • I like dark chocolate with red wine, not to much on ice with wine but ... to ... to try...2/3 Vinho Verde (Portugal) and 1/3 Simply Raspberry with a dash of ic Read More

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  • Most were reds, most were syrah - I'll look them for and see which I'd buy - there are some producers that do smokey oak well and I do enjoy.  Also, something for to check out is chardonnay fermented and aged in new oak barrels - the smokey oak comes out in those if aged for 12-14 months. Read More

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  • Thank u for taking the time to think of my pesky little problem here. Come to think of it now I'm curious about what we had because I swear it did have a forest fire taste to the stuff and it was enjoyed. I really do mean it was like a forest fire could it be that one bottle got through on the conveyer belt? It was a red wine a pinot noir. Whats... Read More

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  • Dale - I've been looking at your request for a couple of days and I have both a thought and a question.Normally producers weed out - either by declassifying a vintage, throwing out the juice, etc.  Now with the idea that smoke taint is bad many, a large majority don't even let the grapes in.  Can you imagine the advertising?"We are proud to rele... Read More

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  • Holy crap Emark!!!!! That's some seriously embarrassing s**t!  ... to ... to the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal and there are some interesting regulations coming out of that era. The islamic occupation of parts of Europe resulted in regulation of alcohol and wine and once the moslems departed, there were additional laws enacted. Much later, in... Read More

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  • You want bottles WITH smoke taint? What did your wife do to you?I would just get her a corked bottle and leave it at that. Read More

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  • Does any1 know if the bottles ended up with smoke taint from these fires I am looking for bottles with smoke taint for my wife.  Read More

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  • Interesting Duncan.  I did not know that Alicante Bouschet was grown in Portugal.  Sure enough, Wikipedia tells me that it is widely grown in the Alentejo Region.I am aware of some retail stores in my area that sell some Portuguese wines, but not one that specializes in them.  I will, however, keep my eye out when I am in any "Portuguese Wines" ... Read More

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  • Apart from Southern Portugal it is a fairly obscure grape so why do you not look for a shop specialising in thje wines of that country Read More

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  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2004

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    This wine pours a deep ruby color with rusty tinges around the rim....it has nice clarity and excellent legs! The aromas are of deep blackberry, cherry, hints of licorice and leather belt, and the finish has an ounce of booziness and it does linger....fresh! The flavors are more subtle and simple with fresh boysenberry, dark cherry, blackberry... Read More

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  • I love the wines and the people in Portugal.. they are trully wonderful, beautiful, loving and sincere people. Have a couple great friends that I have met on a social site. Known them for two years just chatting and talking on live chats. We have a good friendship. MAUH... abracos y beijos ;)

    Comment by 1121846didi 1121846 didi


  • it has fine wines to many for me to remember

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • espiga wine please

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • COLLARES IS THE BEST WINE OF PORTUGAL AND OF ALL THE WORLD !

    Comment by 355028JOJOBO 355028 JOJOBO


  • i love the countrys history and they have good food great wine

    Comment by 377720machita17 377720 machita17


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